During the recreation committee section of the Jan. 6 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting, Councilman Gene Schlegel questioned the plans for the swimming pool this year. Noting council is aware of the numerous challenges the pool has and the potential high cost, the tone of the debate was the sustainability and future viability of the pool. There was a reported leak at the pool, resulting in pool water draining at a rate beyond normal daily evaporation.
“The pool leak is not going into the creek. That was checked into,” Steven Travers, borough manager, said.
Newly elected Catasauqua Borough Council members Paul Cmil and Cameron Smith, along with re-elected Councilman Brian McKittrick, took the oath of office during the borough council reorganization meeting Jan. 6.
Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel had the gavel as she ran the election of council president and vice president.
Vince Smith was nominated without an opponent and received a 5-2 vote for the office of president.
Members of Northampton County Militia, founded in 1775, and George Taylor House Association garbed in 18th-century period dress for a Twelfth Night colonial celebration Jan. 4 at the historic George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua.
The community was invited to the event, which is based off the superstitious belief that having your Christmas ornaments up after the 12th day after Christmas was bad luck.
The sponsors of the event gave tours of the grand mansion and its summer house.
A Twelfth Night colonial celebration is planned for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 4 at the historic George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua. The day’s festivities are open to the public.
The Twelfth Night holiday stems from a belief that it was unlucky to leave Christmas decorations hanging after the 12th day after Christmas — or Jan. 6. It is a tradition originally attached to the festival of Candlemas Day.
Catasauqua Borough Council, at its meeting Dec. 16, approved a property tax increase of 0.5 mill by a 6-1 vote.
Councilwoman Jessica Kroope voted against the hike.
The approval brings taxes to 6.6 mills in the borough.
“The hike is needed to pay bills,” council Vice President Brian McKittrick said. “We have not raised taxes in three years. If we don’t do it now, it would be three mills next year.”
The 0.5-mill tax rate increase represents a $50 annual hike for every $100,000 of assessed property.
The Catasauqua Borough Council workshop meeting Nov. 25 began with budget talks. A planned discussion of upcoming ordinances quickly jumped to the 2020 budget.
Borough Manager Steven Travers reported he has the final 2020 budget prepared and ready for distribution to council. Council President Vincent Smith asked that the final budget be distributed as soon as possible as he expects a vote on the budget at the Dec. 2 council meeting.
Travers noted the current tax hike is 0.5 mill. For a home assessed at $100,000, this is a $50 tax increase.
With five council seats up for election the following night, the Nov. 4 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting was brief with intermingled friendly ribbing and banter.
Mayor Barbara Schlegel, with countenance from borough council President Vincent Smith, kicked off the meeting with a flurry of accolades.
Schlegel presented an award recognizing Cub Pack 94 for its assistance with the summer concerts, held outdoors Friday nights. The Scouts raised nearly $1,000 during the season.
During the Oct. 28 Catasauqua Borough Council workshop meeting, borough Manager Steve Travers informed council UGI is partnering with the borough to assist with street repairs and paving.
UGI pledged $136,000 toward street upgrades, according to Travers. He also noted UGI plans to assist the borough with future road improvements in 2020.
A total of $236,000 will be spent on streets by the end of the year. Sections of the following streets are on the list for paving and repairs: Chestnut, Railroad, Linden, Limestone, Mulberry and Church streets and Howertown Road.
At the Oct. 7 Catasauqua Borough Council meeting, Councilman Brian Bartholomew successfully pushed through a motion to spend $200,000 earmarked for street repairs.
The motion passed unanimously, despite some mild resistance. Before the vote, Bartholomew voiced frustration about UGI work in the borough delaying needed street repairs.
During the Sept. 30 Catasauqua Borough Council workshop meeting, Councilwoman Jessica Kroope reported the Fest O’ Fall fundraising event Oct. 5 at the George Taylor House and the Biery House includes a Revolutionary War re-enactment, music, pony rides, food and a magic show.
The event is sponsored by Historical Catasauqua Preservation Association. All funds raised go to the George Taylor House for its needs.